Show gratitude, ‘shop small’ this holiday season

There’s no way around it: Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday. Although it represents a time of togetherness for some, Thanksgiving can be one of the saddest days of the year for those who are far away (physically or emotionally) from their families, and it is an especially hard day for the many Native Americans who recognize it as a national Day of Mourning.

Paper mill closures hurt heart of Camas, will impact ‘trickle up’ economy

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins likely summed up what many Camas folks were thinking on Tuesday, after Georgia-Pacific announced plans to shutter the majority of its Camas mill operations next spring, and eliminate more than two-thirds of its local workforce: “We’re losing our identity,” Higgins said. “I mean, we’re the Papermakers!”

November Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to everyone who got out the vote this week. Some of the races at stake in local elections — including the Washougal mayoral race, the city council races in Camas and Washougal and the Washougal school board race — can have a great impact on the future livability of East Clark County. The vast majority (nearly 80 percent) of Clark County voters did not add their voice to these very important local issues. But those who did should feel proud of themselves for caring about local politics and for getting their ballot in on time. Let’s all strive to do better, to learn about the candidates and to get out the vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

Is it time to unplug?

We can’t let Big Oil silence local voices

If you’re not concerned about Big Oil throwing money hand over fist at normally mundane local elections — sliding more than half a million dollars toward Port of Vancouver Commission candidate Kris Greene and even urging backers to filter a few bucks into Washougal mayoral candidate Dan Coursey’s campaign coffers — it’s time to wake up to one of the biggest threats facing Southwest Washington and our own Columbia River Gorge.

October Cheers & Jeers focuses on sexual assault issue

In this month’s Cheers and Jeers, we’re focusing on the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence, in solidarity with the #MeToo and #HimThough awareness campaigns that have dominated social media feeds over the past couple weeks.

Low voter turnout neglects the ‘will of the people’

Now is exact time to talk about guns — and NRA-funded politicians

Watching politicians trip over themselves to scream, “Now is not the time to talk about (gun control, climate change)!” after we as a nation have come together to grieve the latest mass shooting or apocalyptic storm, might be funny if it weren’t so sickening.

September Cheers & Jeers: Always look for the helpers

From the hurricanes and flooding in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, to the devastating earthquakes rocking Mexico to the wildfires burning across the West Coast that hit especially close to home, September has been a month marred by disaster.

Embracing change: saying hello, goodbye at The Post-Record

I recently introduced myself to a stranger and said the usual, “Hi. I’m the new editor at The Post-Record.” They asked how long I’d worked here.